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I am confused with all the verb tenses and how to use me, te, le, nos and les

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There are about 20 or so verd tenses and i want to know if all of them are really necessary? When you are using me, te, le, nos, and les(i think it's les if not, please correct me) is there an easy way to remember when to use those instead of tu or yo'

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updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by mickeymo

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Yes, very confusing, but to add to the help already offered - find yourself a list of reflexive pronouns and also a list of indirect object pronouns and also direct object pronouns. There is a difference and all of a sudden the penny will drop. This site has an excellent tutorial which I have found helpful.

Hope this helps,

Carole, Malaga, Spain

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by caza
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There are about 20 or so verd tenses and i want to know if all of them are really necessary? When you are using me, te, le, nos, and les(i think it's les if not, please correct me) is there an easy way to remember when to use those instead of tu or yo?

English has at least 16 tenses, according to many English grammars. Chinese has zero tenses, and when they learn English they keep asking "Are all those 16 tenses necessary'"

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by lazarus1907
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Hey, Mickeymo:

My comment has nothing to do with answering your question. I just wanted to thank you for writing your question in such a way that anybody who either speaks English or is trying to learn English can read it. Some of your previous posts were written in your personal jargon. In this post, you have shown respect for the ways and manners of the people who use this web site.

Way to go!!

Attaboy!!

Thanks for working with us all!!

Moe

I agree whole heartedly.

By the way Micky I had to shorten your title. It was overlapping onto the link below it.

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by Eddy
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Hey, Mickeymo:

My comment has nothing to do with answering your question. I just wanted to thank you for writing your question in such a way that anybody who either speaks English or is trying to learn English can read it. Some of your previous posts were written in your personal jargon. In this post, you have shown respect for the ways and manners of the people who use this web site.

Way to go!!
Attaboy!!
Thanks for working with us all!!

Moe

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by Moe
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What I have found in my study of Spanish, using me, te, le, nos and les is that they are used when the verb is reflexive. Which means something that you do to yourself. I look at myself (in the mirror) mirarse, for instance. Me miro. Almost literally, I look at myself. or using gustar, me gusta means 'it pleases me'.

Te levantas means he gets (himself) up. The (is it') object pronoun always comes just before the reflexive verb.

Anyways, that's how I look at it and it seems to help me understand how to construct the sentence and understand what I am reading. I have a spanish magazine that comes once a month and I love it, there's always lots of new things to read. But be patient with yourself. The stuff you learn this year will be a snap next year and so goes the progress!

Nice of you to help, but I need to clarify some of your statements so that you do not mislead him. me, te, le, etc. are not just used as reflexive pronouns. In fact, le is an indirect object pronoun; not a reflexive pronoun (se is the 3rd person reflexive pronoun). Your definition of reflexive is somewhat incorrect.
But your conclusion about things getting easier with use is right on. Don't let my remarks prevent you from joining in. You correct him, I correct you, someone will be along any minute to correct my errors...that's how we learn here: by correcting each other. It a team effort. And as they say, what a motley crew!

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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What I have found in my study of Spanish, using me, te, le, nos and les is that they are used when the verb is reflexive. Which means something that you do to yourself. I look at myself (in the mirror) mirarse, for instance. Me miro. Almost literally, I look at myself. or using gustar, me gusta means 'it pleases me'.

Te levantas means he gets (himself) up. The (is it') object pronoun always comes just before the reflexive verb.

Anyways, that's how I look at it and it seems to help me understand how to construct the sentence and understand what I am reading. I have a spanish magazine that comes once a month and I love it, there's always lots of new things to read. But be patient with yourself. The stuff you learn this year will be a snap next year and so goes the progress!

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by Gladys-Wigg
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English has just as many tenses as Spanish. I do, I did, I will do, I would do, I have done, I have been doing. English has more tenses than they actually teach us. When i started learning Spanish it wasn't easy, but from doing the lessons here, accompanied by podcasts, listening to music in Spanish and reading small parts of grammar books. It's really a matter of learning and rather than easy translation. Spanish takes time, and the more sources you have the easier it gets. I would also recommend trying to find some good youtube videos also. I learned a lot just on the subjunctive purely from youtube.
Take your time, even if it seems like you can't remember anything or you don't understand it, your brain is slowing absorbing it and will put it together for you as more pieces of the puzzle are brought to the table. ( Your lucky you didn't choose an asian language, gracious what alphabets raspberry)

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by brandon2
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There are about 20 or so verd tenses and i want to know if all of them are really necessary? When you are using me, te, le, nos, and les(i think it's les if not, please correct me) is there an easy way to remember when to use those instead of tu or yo?

I believe that to answer your question might require writing a grammar book. Don't try to master it all at once. Start off slowly. Do the lessons here.
Learn the verb tenses and moods concentrating on the larger picture of when and why this or that tense is used before delving into the mechanics of how to conjugate the verbs in each tense. Learn the difference between what an object pronoun and a subject pronoun is before worrying about how to properly use them in a sentence. You didn't learn English in 90 days and you won't learn Spanish in 90 days either.
What kind of English would you speak if you only learned 1/2 of the tenses or if you stopped increasing your vocabulary after 2000 words. The more you practice the faster you will learn, but you still have to put in that practice. There are no magical shortcuts.

updated MAY 12, 2009
posted by 0074b507
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